Home security cameras come in many shapes and sizes. They can be jam-packed with features, or simply wired into a home network. For homeowners, as well as business owners, there are a variety of home security cameras that will meet your needs regardless of the property size. The most important determination in choosing a home security camera is whether it will be used indoors or outdoors. The ideal home security system that uses cameras will have a combination of both, so here are some recommendations on some of the best home security cameras for indoor and outdoor use.
Indoor Home Security Cameras
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest is one of the leaders in smart home technology, and their Nest Cam Indoor is yet another offering that syncs seamlessly with the rest of the Nest line of products. This camera is ideal for a DIY-system, since it can sync wirelessly with your Android or iOS smartphone. Features include 1080p resolution, night vision, two-way communications, motion alerts, and optional cloud storage. It’s important to note that while the Nest Cam Indoor is great for home monitoring, but the device will only send you one notification every 30 minutes.
Vimtag P1 ULTRA
You may not have heard of Vimtag, but odds are that the 18 year old company’s cameras have recorded you at some point in time! The P1 ULTRA is packed with features that homeowners look for in a camera, including 4x digital zoom, fully controllable pan and tilt functionality 360 degree audio pickup, SD card storage capabilities, and more. The camera also allows users to record continuously by adding the S1 Cloud Box to the system. This 1TB storage device can record from four cameras, a perfect solution for homeowners with large homes.
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor
Renters and apartment dwellers don’t often consider home security systems, but the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor camera’s budget price tag is a small price to pay for piece of mind. This camera can be found for under $60, and packs features that are found in indoor cameras that are three and four times the price. 1080p video with a 15 foot night vision range, 2-way communication, motion detection, app free cloud storage, and facial recognition are all pluses for the Tend Secure Lynx. The only downside to this camera is that it isn’t compatible with other smart home devices on the market.
Outdoor Home Security Cameras
Phylink Bullet HD
The Phylink Bullet HD1080 Wireless IP Camera provides your home with a superior level of security, 365 days of the year. It’s Wi-FI capabilities allow you to view the exterior of your home from any PC, Mac, iPad, or smartphone from anywhere. The Phylink Bullet is waterproof to withstand the harshest elements, and will record clips anytime motion events are detected. SD card storage capabilities are up to 128GB, allowing for hours and hours of recording and monitoring.
Vivint Smart Control
Vivint Smart Home security system provides it’s customers with one of the most comprehensive smart home systems available. It’s fully monitored, so a trigger of the alarm will immediately alert you and authorities. The outdoor security camera that is a part of Vivint’s system features an impressive 40 foot night vision range. Vivint offers a variety of smart home security devices along with an exterior camera, including glass break sensors, doorbell cameras, and interior cameras. Vivint home security systems require users to enter in a yearly contract.
Netgear Arlo Pro
In many instances, DIY home security systems lack exterior monitoring because running power to mounting areas was too difficult to DIY. The Arlo Pro solves this problem, as well as a few others you may have not realized you had. The Arlo Pro is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that will last for 6 months per charge. The camera only records when motion is detected, or when the user access the “Live” feed through the service’s app, which allows it to have an extended battery life. The downside to this energy-saving feature is that the feed runs on a 3 second delay. Additional features include 2-way communications, geofencing settings, and fully controllable pan and tilt.